17 Interesting Facts About Mice

From Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Jerry from ‘Tom and Jerry’ to Stuart little…we all have loved mouse from our favorite cartoon character. These tiny animals are symbol of wisdom, discovery, organization and scrutiny. Some of the interesting facts about mice are here to blow your mind. Check them out below:

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1. Mice can Empathize

mouse empathizesIt may sound strange, but it has been observed that mice can sense the experiences of others and it affects them too. They can empathize with other mice.
Source: onekind.org

2. Tail as long as body

mice tailA mouse can grow its tail as long as its body. Along with pointed stout and round ears, mouse has a hairless tail.
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3. Communicate through facial expression

mouse expressionsMice can strangely communicate its moods through their various facial expressions. Fascinating!
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4. Clean little creatures

white mouseMice are known to be organized, tidy and very clean. In their underground homes, they have specific areas for shelter, toilet and storing food. Now that’s impressive!
Source: onekind.org

5. The Useful Whiskers

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mice whiskersThe cute little whiskers of mice help them sense the rough edges, breeze and temperature change.
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6. Play dead when threatened

dead mouseMouse is quite intelligent specie. When they are threatened by something, they play dead until they feel danger has passed.
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7. “Mouse song” to court

mickey and miniMale mouse while courting a mate, sings a special mouse song. They entertain the female with its song. And you thought only humans can be romantic!
Source: pets4homes.co.uk

8. Talkative rodents

Zapus hudsoniusMice are considered to be one the most talkative creatures. They communicate through ultrasonic and unique mouse sounds.
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9. Eats a lot

eatingFor a small rodent like mouse, it is too much eating with 15-20 times a day. For this reason, mice need to be near the food and clean water always.
Source: pets4homes.co.uk

10. A group is called “mischief”

mouse in groupA group of mice is called mischief which is quite apt and adorable.
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11. Mice can get pregnant within 48 hours of giving birth

mischiefInterestingly, mice can get pregnant again within 48 hours of giving birth which is why it is important to have same sex mice as pets. Also a female mouse can have babies at 2 months of age.
Source: healthypets.mercola.com

12. Great Athletes

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Morris Water MazeMice can be great athletes as they can jump up to a feet and a half and are also great climbers and swimmers.
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13. Mice and humans mind works the same

Lab mouseIt is found that humans and mice mind and bodies work in quite a similar manner. That is the main reason that mice are being used in lab experiments for the things of human consumption.
Source: livescience.com, image: wikimedia.org

14. Mice Infestations

Lightmatter miceMice are real trouble when it comes to “Mice infestations”. Did you know a mouse can squeeze through 6mm gap and can see best in dim lights? These are the main reason that a mouse comes to your house and never leaves.
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15. Religious Significance of Mouse

Ganesh on his vahanaThe God Apollo of Ancient Greece is sometimes called Apollo Smintheus, which means Apollo the Mouse. To honor him, white mice are kept in Apollo’s temple. Also, the Hindu God, Lord Ganesh has a mouse as a vehicle.
Source: scholastic.com, image: wikimedia.org

16. Cooked mice are a great cure to illness

Some religions have a great respect for mouse. In Egypt, a cooked mouse was used to cure a variety of illnesses including that of stomach’s.
Source: scholastic.com

17. Mice carry lots of germs

miceThese tiny cute rodents can carry lot of germs than you can think. They can carry as many as 200 human pathogens. SO BEWARE next time mice invade your homes.
Source: pestworldforkids.org, image: wikimedia.org

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